Build Guide by Watchman
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So, this is my first attempt at a guide for my new favorite champion. If you have any suggestions or questions, please post them below and I will test them out and edit this guide accordingly.
These are your two most important tree items to invest in. You want the Cooldown reductions and spell penetrations for all the transfusions your going to be tossing around. The utility tree has a number of talents aimed for mana users, just go around them to get to it.
I suggest taking center lane for the added XP gain and ease of Vlad's transfusion for 1v1 fights. Generally, just hang out on your side of the minions and harass with Ignite and transfusion. Use Pool of Blood to escape any gank attempts or to slow any enemy's for your own.
I usually buy a Shield and Health Pot right off the bat. The added life helps in the early game, the slight AP couldn't hurt either. Most of the time I tend to sell the Pot back for a wasted value, but it never hurts to have one on you in case of need.
On my first return to base I usually always get a spirit visage. I've heard the buff to regen is useless early on but personally I love the CD aid when it comes to transfusion, ultimately lowering it closer to 2 second cooldown at rank five. If I have enough I'll also go right for the Sorc Boots, if not I'll just grab boots and upgrade on the next go.
Usually I'm either defending myself from multiple gank attempts in the center or helping my team in their ganks. Hemophage tends to really help in large battles, especially with team members that have AoE's. I tend to try and keep to the center lane and keep it pushed to a tower, but what would Vlad be without racking up some kills?
Now its time to build your pieces of resistance, the power items of your build. Your Scepter and Ring to increase your damage output considerably whilst also increasing your survivability (Your rings Activated ability as well as added HP).
If the game drags on long enough for you to need much more, I tend to sell off the Shield at this point (long outlived its usefulness but I don't tend to get rid of it till I can fill all my item slots with something better) to make way for some rods...
The added AP enhances the damage of our attacks and the ability to get some added damage through is a bit spiffy.
Sure, we don't use mana but the Health is nice and the passive is an excellent defense for when your pool is on cooldown and you need an added layer of protection.